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The Space shuttle colombia has blown up. look at this

NASA STATEMENT ON LOSS OF COMMUNICATIONS WITH COLUMBIA

A Space Shuttle contingency has been declared in Mission Control, Houston, as a result of the loss of communication with the Space Shuttle Columbia at approximately 9 a.m. EST Saturday as it descended toward a landing at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla. It was scheduled to touchdown at 9:16 a.m. EST.

Communication and tracking of the shuttle was lost at 9 a.m. EST at an altitude of about 203,000 feet in the area above north central Texas. At the time communications were lost. The shuttle was traveling approximately 12,500 miles per hour (Mach 18). No communication and tracking information were received in Mission Control after that time.

Search and rescue teams in the Dallas-Fort Worth and in portions of East Texas have been alerted. Any debris that is located in the area that may be related to the Space Shuttle contingency should be avoided and may be hazardous as a result of toxic propellants used aboard the shuttle. The location of any possible debris should immediately be reported to local authorities.

Flight controllers in Mission Control have secured all information, notes and data pertinent to today's entry and landing by Space Shuttle Columbia and continue to methodically proceed through contingency plans.

News media covering the Space Shuttle should stay tuned to NASA Television, which is broadcast on AMC-2, transponder 9C, C-Band, located at 85 degrees West longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical and audio is monaural at 6.8 MHz. Reporters can also go to any NASA center newsroom to monitor the situation.

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This is horrible!!! I feel bad for the crew but I hope this doesnt completely disrail the space program like the Challenger did. We need to continue to explore space.
 

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Ive heard now that theyve found some cracks on the Discovery but they arent certain that that was the problem with the Colombia
 

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Tragedy. They said on tv that the odds of this happening are 1 in 75. Thats about every 15-20 years. Maybe this will shed some light on the problems with older scacecraft.

-Kevin-
 

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That is horrible. I doubt it will derail the program, though, since they are putting together the new fleet of space exploration vehicles. Hopefully the new design will be much improved, and easier to inspect/maintain.
 

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...and they were just on their way home too...
...Rest in peace to all the crew members that were aboard.
~¤!Karen!¤~
 
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